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Posts tagged “outdoors

A window on art

graffiti window

This is another shot from Saturday morning’s bike ride around Kemang. I like how what used to be a building frames the art that’s growing up around the area. I will say this, though: there is little more difficult than trying to figure out which horizontal line in this photo should be straight. One of the rules of a good photo is that the horizon should be straight. The problem with this photo is that there are a couple too many horizons.

I still liked it enough to post it.

How about you?


2012 has set…2013 is just beginning!

sunset jimbaran

The sun set on 2012, and another one rose this morning on the first day of January, 2013.

My friends are just going to bed back home in BC, Canada, and wishing each other a “Happy New Year”, while I’m just getting the kids ready for bed at the end of the first day of 2013.  Weird.

Happy new year, to all my friends and family.  I pray that this is a great year for you.

The photo above is of the sunset at Jimbaran Beach.  We ate freshly caught and cooked fish on that beach on Christmas Day last week.


Holiday!

My family and I were away for four days this week.  Our school gives us a week off in conjunction with the Indonesian observance of Idul Adha, a day of significance for Muslims.  We chose to head to another part of the island of Java, to Yogyakarta.  Yogyakarta is in Central Java and it’s famous for its batik, its nearness to Mt. Merapi (the volcano that blows its top every couple of years), and two important historical and religious sites.

Borobudur and Prambanan, Buddhist and Hindu temples, respectively, are both located very nearby the city of Yogyakarta.  We stayed in a villa in the shadow of Mt. Sumbing, another volcano, and traveled between the two temple sites before returning home.  The villa is decidedly rustic and offered beautiful vistas of surrounding rice fields and farms, as shown above, and is surrounded by masjids (mosques) that open the day with prayer at 4:00 am.  There is nothing like waking up to someone praying/singing in Arabic before the sun even rises.

On Tuesday, our last day at the villa, I woke up with the call to prayer and snapped some photos as the sun came up.  The light was great and the proximity to Mt. Sumbing meant that the air was actually cool.  A beautiful experience, to say the least.


The waiting game

On the way home today, I snapped this shot while walking with my son this afternoon.  Sometimes one has to wait a little to get the right shot.  There was traffic coming towards me as I was shooting this, but I waited until they all passed by and I was able to get this shot of a father and his child, holding hands, looking at flowers.

I think it was worth the wait.